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NICOSIA – The Cyprus Football Association announced on Wednesday that it has prevented an indefinite strike by top-flight referees.
League competitions should therefore continue over the weekend. Referees are concerned for their safety after a series of attacks on them and their family members. Last time, the perpetrators allegedly set fire to a car belonging to the mother of one of the referees.
The CFA said two days of talks had resulted in the referees agreeing to return to work immediately. The strike has already resulted in the postponement of Monday’s match between Nea Salamis and Achnas. The Football Association will now initiate a meeting with the Minister of Justice and the Chief of Police to discuss concrete proposals to ensure the safety of referees.
CFA president George Koumas also sent letters to all the presidents of the fourteen top-flight teams asking them to help ease tensions by taking concrete measures. “The CFA reiterates its commitment to support referees in the performance of their duties and condemns any actions directed against referees and their family members,” it is stated in the statement.
The judges said they were fed up with being the target of crimes against them, their families and their property. At the same time, they claim that the police have not yet solved any of the numerous attacks on their property.
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